Netherlands-based Hoogte Twee Architecten shared with us their project B(h)uis, a small pavilion built with PVC tubes. More images and architect’s description after the break.
Architects: Paredes Pino - Fernando G. Pino, Manuel G. de Paredes
Location: Islas Sisargas c/v Formentera c/v Cies, Cordoba, Spain
Collaborators: Raquel Blasco Fraile, David Pérez Herranz
Consultors: Rafael Pérez Morales,Robert Brufau, Xavier Aguiló, María José Camporro, BOMA S.L. (structures), ARGU, Ingeniería (mechanical engineering)
Promotor: Procórdoba. Proyectos de Córdoba Siglo XXI
Project Area: 11,920 sqm
Budget: 3,259,924.66 €
Project Year: 2007-2010
Photographs: Jorge López Conde
A few weeks ago we were discussing on Twitter how OMA has developed several innovations in cultural and educational buildings. The Wyly Theater (in partnership with REX), the Seattle Public Library, and on projects such as the MNBAQ extension or the West Kowloon Cultural District master plan.
Today we got the news that OMA has won the competition for a new regional library (Bibliothèque Multimédia à Vocation Régionale) in Caen, France. The 12,000m2 project will be OMA’s first cultural building in France, and was led by associate-in-charge Clément Blanchet.
Check out this temporary installation, entitled “Life Will Kill You”, for the Revolve Clothing showroom in West Hollywood. For the installation, Molly Hunker and Gregory Corso of Sports used the standard zip tie to create a floating volume nestled below an existing soffit. The simplicity of the system highly contrasts the high fashion boutique clothing, which will be displayed in the space, as a way to show how the two extremes can compliment one another. “The design is intended to explore the edge between aggression and elegance through material sensibility, overall form, and visual effect,” explained the designers.
More images and more about the installation after the break.
Shawn Swisher, architecture student at the USC School of Architecture, is currently on a traveling research fellowship focusing on the work of Peter Zumthor. The research centers around Zumthor’s ability to create visceral reactions through his architecture, work that is based on fundamentals of architecture that seem to be fleeting in some emerging architectural trends. Here you will find periodic updates from his journey.
There are many ways that architecture can stimulate us. We can be enthralled by theoretical concepts that intend to revolutionize how we interact with our buildings. We can be overcome by the metaphors underlying a project’s design. And, at times, we are able to separate ourselves from these more cerebral desires and draw intrigue based solely on our reactions to space and form.
EASTERN Design Office shared with us their latest project, designed for a very particular client, awaiting for his death.
You can read the complete story behind this project, with photographs by Koichi Torimrua
The numbers look good/bad. The economy is recovering/anemic. The markets are up/down. If you follow economic reporting and analysis the economy seems to be a schizo-economy. What this indicates, in this era of battling economic models, is that no one really knows from one day to the next.
When will this end? Nobody knows this either. Even the economists don’t know because we have never been in a recession rooted in such deep complexities and systemic vulnerabilities. In such an environment, the phantoms of group-think become a virus that exacerbates real conditions. Doubt shadows every possible move.
As the Buddha said, life is suffering. The Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard defined this as either/or. The central issues in his book, Either/Or, hinge upon the individual’s choice and will in the face of life’s difficulties. This is his take on how to end the suffering.
Danish architecture has exerted a powerful influence on the profession. Danish philosophy may also present some insight. Though he wrote in the eighteenth century he is sometimes considered a postmodernist. Now might be the appropriate time to include him in the Thinkers for Architects series. Although his philosophy may not, on the surface, seem relevant to design, it is definitely relevant to business…and to being human.
Architects: Claesson Koivisto Rune
Location: Kyoto, Japan
Project team: Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto, Ola Rune, Kumi Nakagaki, Patrick Coan
Client: Shigeo Mashiro, Ricordi & Sfera co., ltd.
Contractor: Sugawara Construction co., ltd.
Total floor area: 1,200 sqm
Project Year: 2003
Photographs: Åke E:son Lindman, Nacasa & Partners inc., Johan Fowelin
Henning Larsen Architects recently released a short film on the IT University in Ørestad City, Copenhagen. The film focuses on the main ideas of the architectural design and describes the synergy created when the students and external users are brought together in the central street of the building. At the same time, the film addresses the university users: Today, six years after completion, how is the building experienced by students, professors and administrative staff? The film casts Vice-Chancellor Mads Tofte, architect Søren Øllgaard and students Isaac Dart, Frederik Meisner and Line Thorup.
The IT University is arranged around a large central atrium. In the atrium space a number of group and meeting rooms, designed as corbelled boxes, are placed in a dynamic composition – like extracted drawers of various sizes. The ground floor comprises the common facilities; lecture halls, students’ café, canteen and library. All research and teaching areas are located on the upper floors. Teaching facilities in open study areas surrounding the atrium and research departments in the calmer zones at both ends of the building.
The building stands elevated above terrain. A metal clad frame folds around the entire volume in one singular dynamic movement. The glass facades inside the frame are divided into horizontal ribbons of glass of varying colour and character – powerful green-coloured glass, translucent glass and clear glass.
Architects: Estudio.Entresitio / María Hurtado de Mendoza Wahrolén, César Jiménez de Tejada Benavides, José María Hurtado de Mendoza Wahrolén
Location: Madrid, Spain
Client: EMVS, Empresa Municipal de Vivienda y Suelo – Municipal Agency for Housing
Project Team: Carolina Leveroni, Stefan Vogt, Jorge Martínez, Laura Frutos, Pablo Sacristán, Filipe Minderico, Anne-Dorothée Herbort, Miguel Crespo y Alvar Ruiz
Structural Engineer: CYPE Ingenieros Estudios y Proyectos, s. a.
Mechanical Engineer: I+G. Pro, Clement y asociados, c. b.
Communications: Inprotel Comunicaciones, s. l.
Quantity Surveyors: Juan Carlos Corona Ruiz, David Gil Crespo, Santiago Hernán Martín
Construction Company: Assignia Infraestructuras
Project Year: 2006-2009
Photographs: Jorge Lopez Conde
Short on space but still need the functionality of a kitchen? Check out this cool design we spotted over on Core77 designed by Netherlands-based design firm Studio Gorm. This super efficient and highly compact design creates a “living kitchen” which marries nature with technology. The kitchen provides a place for not only the preparation of food, but also the means to grow, store, and even compost food. Our favorite aspect is the vertical dish rack, which is positioned in such a way so excess water benefits the herds that sit in planter boxes beneath it.
More images, info, and a video, after the break.
Architect: Marcio Kogan
Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Co-Author: Suzana Glogowski
Interior Design: Diana Radomysler, Mariana Simas
Project Team: Beatriz Meyer, Carolina Castroviejo, Eduardo Chalabi, Eduardo Glycerio, Gabriel Kogan, Lair Reis, Maria Cristina Motta, Oswaldo Pessano, Renata Furlanetto, Samanta Cafardo
Landscape Architect: Renata Tilli
General Contractor: Fairbanks & Pilnik
Structural Engineering: Leão e Associados
Site Area: 330 sqm
Project Area: 350 sqm
Project Year: 2008-2009
Photographs: Rômulo Fialdini